Polio restricts travel in Pakistan

Polio restricts travel in Pakistan

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Child being administered Polio drop.
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The International Health Committee placed restrictions on Pakistan’s travel board without a polio certificate, the committee declared the country to be responsible for spreading the polio virus across the world.

This is after three cases of the disease emerged in Afghanistan. In order to eliminate polio in six months the International Health Committee have cracked down on Pakistan and ordered that no citizens could travel abroad without a polio certificate. The certificate indicates the passenger has had polio drops and is safe to travel.

Passengers without a certificate would not be allowed to travel under any circumstances and would go through a screening process. However lack of security has caused a delay in polio teams carrying out their work, such as a three-day anti-polio campaign was to commence in Baldia and Bin Qasim.

According to Dr Zafar Ijaz, Director Health Services, in the three-day campaign over 200,000 children were to be given polio drops. Over 600 mobile polio teams had been deployed to administer the drops in 11 union councils.
Polio causes symptoms such as pain, muscle weakness and fatigue. It remains a widespread problem in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As there is no cure yet, new polio cases are emerging on a daily basis.


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